HAWTHORN, Crataegus oxyacantha

Hawthorn Herb

There are many stories and legends than our associated with the hawthorn tree. One tells of King Richard III who, in battle, had a sprig of the hawthorn tree caught in his helmet and he won his battle. Another tells that the crown of thorns that was place on the Lord Jesus was made of hawthorn and, yet another tells that the Pilgrim ship, the Mayflower, was named after the hawthorn.

Another legend is of an old Irish herb doctor who lived well over a hundred years ago. He made a syrup from hawthorn berries that was good for the heart. People came to him from far and wide to buy his magical elixir for their pains in the chest.

His secret was well-guarded for many years as he became acclaimed as a master healer throughout the country side. But, alas, he grew older and he knew that soon he, too, would began. But what of his secret, who could he entrust his secret to? He thought of the lady who lived down the path. She worked with herbs – but no! She talked too much. Everyone would know his beloved healing secret. There’s the lad who comes to help around; I’ll teach him.

After the old man passed on, the lad grew and helped many with his magic elixir. One day, he thought, “I should share my secret so everyone can enjoy my magic elixir.” He told everyone and soon, no one died of chest pains and he was acclaimed as a great healer.

Hawthorn has been knows as a cardiac food, or a heart tonic, since before the time of Christ. It is the main herb in Grandma’s herbal Heart Plus. It works best in conjunction with other herbs such as mother wort, lily-of-the-valley, bugle weed and many others.

Hawthorn is more that just an outstanding heart remedy, it has been used as a diuretic or a help for the kidneys, as an astringent to tighten up the tissue of the body and a tonic to help tone up the body. It is a mild antispasmodic because of its action of the heart; it has been used to help arteriosclerosis, to help high blood pressure, sore throats, improve nerve conditions and it has been used by some tribes of Native Americans as an aid to rheumatism.

The hawthorn berry is a little fruit that somewhat resembles a very small apple and is about the size of a very large pea. The fruit, besides being really small, has a very large pit or stone inside it, so the meat of the fruit is very meager. In the fall, this fruit, or little berry, gets bright red when it is ripe. The tree also grows thorns which are very sharp and unyielding. The berries are sometimes called hawberries, and so we get the name hawthorn.

In Europe, hawthorn berries are a well-known remedy to strengthen and regulate the heart. It is good for weakened heart muscles, caused by old age or improper food that starves the heart and weakens it. Hawthorn is a good for angina pains and for five fitrillation, palpitations and other problems of the heart.

Few people realize the pilgrim ship Mayflower was named after the hawthorn tree which is sometimes called May blossom, May tree or May bush. Other names are white thorn, thorn apple tree, red haw, and mayflower. No amount of herbs or medicines of any kind can make up for a bad diet, lack of exercise and a need to cleanse out the body. However, if an organ or a system has been weakened, herbs or herbal combinations like Grandma’s herbal Heart Plus have wonderful restoring powers that can help in regaining health.

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